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Fernando on target as Spain axe Poland

Spain went goal crazy in their World Cup warm up game last night, blasting six past Poland in Murcia.

And perhaps more ominously for the teams awaiting their arrival in South Africa, Liverpool hitman Fernando Torres came off the bench to find the net in a 6-0 demolition of Poland.

The Poles, who finished below Northern Ireland in their World Cup qualifying group, had simply no answer to Vicente del Bosque’s side.

As well as Torres’ return there was further good news for another of Spain’s injury concerns, with Cesc Fabregas also finding the net.

Both men started on the bench with the two Davids — Villa and Silva — getting the home side off to the perfect start with goals in the 13th and 14th minutes.

However, it wasn’t all good news as influential playmaker Andres Iniesta limped off six minutes before the interval.

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso made it three six minutes after the break before Fabregas, working his way back to fitness after his fractured leg, struck in the 57th minute.

Torres made it five in the 76th minute before Pedro Rodriguez' completed the rout with nine minutes to go.

It means Spain travel to the tournament on the back of 11 straight wins to justify their tag as favourites.


Arjen Robben has been ruled out of Holland's World Cup opener against Denmark with a hamstring injury.

He is hoping intensive physiotherapy will help him play some part in South Africa, but Oranje coach Bert van Marwijk is resigned to being without the 26-year-old for Monday's Group E opener against the Danes in Johannesburg.

“Whatever one may say, his injury is serious and I do not know when he can join us,” said van Marwijk.

“The team's goal now is to go as far as possible in the competition to allow Arjen to play with us during this World Cup.”


Veteran striker Martin Palermo is living out a dream as he trains with Argentina in Pretoria in preparation for the World Cup.

The 36-year-old is the oldest member of Diego Maradona's group for the showpiece event in South Africa.

And Palermo says he is mesmerised by the skills of his colleagues.

“I keep telling my team-mates how amazing they are,” he said.

“I see what they do in training and they surprise me. It's incredible what Lionel Messi does with the ball — it's difficult to describe.”

Palermo knows he must do well in training too to impress Maradona with Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Diego Milito all ahead of him in pecking order.

Belfast Telegraph